This is another personal favorite of mine. The location is again on a dried-out salt bed though this time, the elements were harder to work with. The top layer of salt was so brittle that my shoe left heavy indentations so I had to work entirely from the side closest to the camera.

mud land art

Walking back from the river bank, the mud changed from a thick black to brown to light brown and finally a pure white. The mud that I was using was from the edge of the river . As I don't use tools for any of the work, it was dug up by hand and carried in a hollowed out bit of wood.

mud land art

The shape of the curve in this work is mirroring the edge of the salt bed where it joined to the grass area - again a repetition of a shape that is already in the landscape. The repetition is repeated many times in this scene - the edge of the bed, the shape of the trees in the background against the sky, and the clouds themselves seem to reflect this curved line.

mud land art

When I came back to this work a few weeks later, the mud had dried solid and rain had washed out the loose mud that wasn't clumped together. Not only that, all my foot prints had been covered over so it looked perfectly natural.